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Man jailed for British Sikh community leader Manchester attack

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the assault of 62-year-old Sikh community leader Avtar Singh in Manchester.

"Claudio Campos, 28, of Ladybarn Lane, Manchester appeared before the judge at Manchester Crown Court this afternoon (6 October), after pleading guilty to the assault of 62-year-old Avtar Singh. He was jailed for three years," the police said in a statement.

"As part of the investigation, GMP released a public appeal on social media showing CCTV footage of the attack, and following intelligence received from the public, Campos, was located and taken into custody in September, where he admitted the assault," the police said.

Detective Inspector Mark Astbury, of GMPs City of Manchester CID, said: "This was a horrific attack of a much-loved family member and community leader which deeply shocked the public.

"I hope today's verdict gives Mr Singh's family some relief that the person who has harmed their husband and father has now faced justice and will be sent to prison," Astbury said.

In a statement, Avtar's family said:
"As a family, we are truly heartbroken and still struggle to come to terms with the reality of his future and the truth behind this crime. He didn't do anything to deserve this situation where he has permanently damaged his sight and lost complete mobility down his right side.

"This attack hasn't just left an ever-bleeding wound on our hearts, it's scarred an entire community who knew him to be the man he was and now isn't."


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